Movie Discussion: Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive (1974)

Monthly Theme: Evil Children The Film: It’s Alive Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: October 1974 Studio: Warner Bros. & Larco Productions Distributer: Warner Bros. Domestic Gross: $7.1 million Budget: ? Director: Larry Cohen Producers: Larry Cohen, Peter Sabiston & Janelle Webb Screenwriter: Larry Cohen Adaptation? No. Cinematographer: Fenton Hamilton Make-Up/FX: Rick Baker Music: Bernard Herrmann Part of a series? Yes, this is the first film […]

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Movie Discussion: Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956)

Monthly Theme: Evil Children The Film: The Bad Seed Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: September 12, 1956 Studio: Warner Bros. Distributer: Warner Bros. Domestic Gross: $4.1 million Budget: $1 million (estimated) Director: Mervyn LeRoy Producer: Mervyn LeRoy Screenwriter: John Lee Mahin Adaptation? Yes, from the 1954 play The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson and […]

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Movie Discussion: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s Who Can Kill a Child? [¿Quién puede matar a un niño?] (1976)

Monthly Theme: Evil Children The Film: Who Can Kill a Child? Country of origin: Spain Spanish title: ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? Alternate titles? Island of the Damned (U.S./Canadian title), Death Is Child’s Play (U.K. title), Island of Death (U.K. video) Date of Spanish release: April 26, 1976 Date of U.S. release: June 1978 Studio: Penta Films Distributer: American International Pictures [AIP] (dubbed) Domestic Gross: ? Budget: ? […]

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Movie Discussion: Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets (1968)

Monthly Theme: Perverted Killers The Film: Targets Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: August 15, 1968 Studio: Saticoy Productions Distributer: Paramount Pictures Domestic Gross: ? Budget: $130,000 Director: Peter Bogdanovich Producers: Roger Corman, Daniel Selznick & Peter Bogdanovich Screenwriter: Peter Bogdanovich Adaptation? No. Loosely inspired by two real life crimes: the 1965 Highway 101 sniper attack and the 1966 University of Texas-Austin shooting […]

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Movie Discussion: Paul Verhoeven’s The Fourth Man [Die vierde man] (1983)

Monthly Theme: Perverted Killers The Film: The Fourth Man Country of origin: The Netherlands Dutch title: De vierde man Date of Netherlands release: March 24, 1983 Date of U.S. release: June 27, 1984 Studio: Rob Houwer Productions, et al. Distributer: International Spectrafilm Domestic Gross: ? Budget: ? Director: Paul Verhoeven Producer: Rob Houwer Screenwriter: Gerard Soeteman Adaptation? Yes. Based on Gerard Reve’s 1981 novel De vierde man. Cinematographer: Jan […]

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Movie Discussion: Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986)

Monthly Theme: Perverted Killers The Film: Manhunter Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. Release: August 15, 1986 Studio: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), et al. Distributer: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) Domestic Gross: $8.5 million Budget $15 million Director: Michael Mann Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Richard Roth & Bernard Williams Screenwriter: Michael Mann Adaptation? Yes. Based on Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel Red Dragon. Cinematographer: Dante Spinotti […]

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Movie Discussion: Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill (1980)

Monthly Theme: Perverted Killers The Film: Dressed to Kill Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. Release: July 25, 1980 Studio: Filmways Pictures & Cinema 77 Films Distributer: Filmways Pictures Domestic Gross: $32 million Budget $6.5 million Director: Brian De Palma Producers: Samuel Z. Arkoff, et al. Screenwriter: Brian De Palma Adaptation? No. Cinematographer: Ralf Bode Make-Up/FX: Robert Laden, et al. Music: Pino Donaggio Part of a series? […]

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Movie Discussion: John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Monthly Theme: Perverted Killers The Film: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: September 1990 Studio: Maljack Productions Distributer: Greycat Films Domestic Gross: $609,000 Budget: $111,000 (estimated) Directors: John McNaughton Producers: Malik B. Ali, et al. Screenwriters: John McNaughton & Richard Fire Adaptation? Not really. The film is […]

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Movie Discussion: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Monthly Theme: Protohorror The Film: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Country of origin: U.K. Date of U.K. release: February 14, 1927 Date of U.S. release: June 10, 1928 Studio: Gainsborough Pictures & Carlyle Blackwell Prod. Distributer: AmerAnglo & Artlee Pictures Domestic Gross: ? Budget: $12,000 (estimated) Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producers: Michael Blacon […]

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Movie Discussion: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens] (1922)

Monthly Theme: Protohorror The Film: Nosferatu Country of origin: Germany German title: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens Alternate title: Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror Date of German release: March 4, 1922 Date of U.S. release: June 3, 1929 Studio: Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal, et al. Distributer: Film Arts Guild Domestic Gross: ? Budget: ? Director: F.W. Murnau […]

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